Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Better Off In A Team Edition


As a devotee of superheroes in most all their varied forms, I often find myself more interested in the team books, where the likes of Tigra or Vibe work as parts of a larger whole without cynics picking apart their accents or their silly bikini costumes.  In the Japanese Super Sentai tradition, heroes usually come in teams of five (though three and six are pretty common, and the last batch got up to ten, if I’m counting correctly), allowing the heroes to fill different archetypical roles, from stoic to clown to princess and back.  A character like Polar Boy (one of my fave-raves, I might add) may not be able to carry a solo series of his own, but makes for a fascinating moving part in the greater whole of the Legion of Super-Heroes.  The same goes for even beloved characters like Cyborg, or fan-favorites like Wolverine (who, in my opinion, is never as much fun without other costumes to contrast him.)  This doesn’t go for Matter-Eater Lad, whose chutzpah alone makes him fascinating, but it does raise today’s query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) never really enjoyed the Human Torch in solo action, except maybe against Paste-Pot Pete, asking: What characters are only compelling to you when in team/group settings?